Lottery funds wetlands

Martin Spray holds the ceremonial cheque received from the People's Postcode Lottery. Photo: WWT.
Martin Spray holds the ceremonial cheque received from the People's Postcode Lottery. Photo: WWT.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) has gained a six-figure funding boost from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Wetland wildlife will benefit from new investment thanks to the generous support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Players of the charity lottery have awarded £175,000 to the WWT, which was presented to WWT Chief Executive Martin Spray this week.

The money will help the charity improve wetland habitat for wildlife on its reserves, and enable more people to get close to nature and learn about wildfowl in 2015.

Martin Spray said: “The WWT’s ethos starts with the simple act of feeding a duck. That connection with nature is more special if you’re feeding the world’s rarest goose, saved from extinction by our experts. It’s even more special when you’re surrounded by some of the UK’s top wildlife at one of our world class Wetland Centres, carefully designed and managed so wildlife will flourish.

“Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will ensure that WWT goes from strength to strength this year, by making our Wetland Centres even better for wildlife, and helping even more people make that special connection with nature.”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery, said: “I am delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are able to support that great work carried out by the WWT. Support from players will ensure the improvement in reserves and ensure that even more people learn about wetland wildlife. This funding marks a great start to 2015 for the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.”

The new developments made possible by the support from players include:

• The 'Back from the Brink' area at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire will help prevent the extinction of endangered British wetland wildlife. Back from the Brink will be expanded to get WWT’s visitors up close to two of the UK’s most unusual and endangered wetland creatures – its native eel and crayfish.
• The WWT’s Explore area at its London Wetland Centre in Barnes has been a model for learning about nature by having fun, since it first opened in 2006. This summer it will get a face-lift to help get more of WWT’s young visitors thinking about how they interact with the natural world.
• Schoolchildren will spend more time learning outdoors thanks to a new school mentoring scheme to be launched this autumn by WWT. WWT’s learning experts will work with one school in each region to develop the best standards of outdoor learning so that more of the curriculum can be delivered in the natural environment.

All of WWT’s nine Wetland Centres and its new Steart Marshes reserve in Somerset will benefit from the funding during 2015.